The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts is home to twelve master’s programs ranging from fine art to psychology, programs for teachers, like the Catholic Teacher Certificate and the Classical Education Graduate Program, and the Institute of Philosophic Studies offering doctoral degrees in literature, philosophy and politics. Whether you're coming straight from undergraduate study — or making a change mid-career — our programs will prepare you for your next move.
The Institute of Philosophic Studies is the doctoral degree-granting body of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Founded on the idea that any inquiry into present reality and any serious projects for the future are bound up with the principles developed through the tradition of Western liberal education and the Christian intellectual life, the Institute seeks to summon both faculty and students to the task of recovering and renewing those traditions.
Doctoral students in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts spend a significant portion of their course time reading from a selection of Great Books, and together they engage the fundamental principles and issues that are formative of the literary, political and philosophical strains that form the foundation of the Western liberal tradition. Similarly, master’s students’ programs of study are informed by a unique sense of paideia, the education of the soul (by which the Ancient Greeks meant the “basic self”).
Deeply committed to the recovery and renewal of the Western heritage of liberal arts and the Christian intellectual tradition, studying at the University of Dallas Braniff Graduate School means that you will engage in interdisciplinary scholarly discussions, read the Great Books, and consider timeless questions and contemporary issues in search of principled and transformative wisdom. Each area of study is informed by a unique sense of paideia, the education of the soul, which attends to the person as a whole.
Our unique approach to graduate education – contemporary scholarship grounded in the classical tradition – helps you to think rigorously, creatively, and ethically about your chosen discipline.
The Braniff Graduate School also offers a number of programs and institutes for teachers who desire to deepen their understanding of their disciplines as well as an ongoing series of colloquia, lectures, exhibits and salons for students, faculty, and the intellectually-curious public.